What Is a Package Unit?
An all-in-one heating and cooling system
A package unit is the all-in-one heating and cooling system for homes that don’t have a lot of room indoors for either a furnace and coil, or an air handler.
Package units will contain all of their parts in one outdoor unit that sits on either the roof or to the side of a building. Typically, a packaged unit is used in the Southeast or in manufactured homes – areas and homes that don’t typically have crawlspaces or basements. However, they can be a good option for any home with the right ductwork. Additionally, they come in two different footprints: small or large. The footprint you need depends on the BTU/tonnage and installation requirements for a building or home. Smaller footprint package units tend to be easier to install while larger footprint package units have greater installation flexibility. Large footprint units can be installed on either a rooftop or a slab while small footprint packaged systems can only be installed on a slab.
There are a number of different package units – each with their own benefits and drawbacks if you live in a certain areas.
- Package Air Conditioners: A package air conditioner contains an air conditioner and an air handler. For added comfort and heating capabilities, you can add heat strips. This is typically going to be the right unit for you if you want all-electric heating and cooling capabilities. Frigidaire’s package air conditioners range in efficiency from 13 SEER to 15 SEER, making them a great option if you want to upgrade from an old system that may have only been 10 SEER.
- Packaged Gas/Electric Systems: The other option for a package air conditioning system is a gas pack. These convenient units combine an air conditioner, coil and gas furnace. This option is great for you if you want the option of gas heating power. Typically, you would choose this option if you live in an area that does not have a lot of space inside to house an indoor component.
- Package Heat Pumps: Package heat pumps contain a heat pump and an air handler. These units are good for residents of the South where temperatures rarely drop below freezing. With one of these package units, you can get all-electric heating and cooling.
- Dual-Fuel System: A package dual-fuel system is your best option if you want the benefits of having a heat pump but temperatures frequently drop below 25°F and you don’t have room for the coil and furnace indoors. Your dual-fuel system works by turning on your gas furnace when temperatures get too cold. Because of this, you will use less gas year-round to heat your home, potentially reducing your overall gas utility bill. The Frigidaire iHybrid unit is an efficient package dual-fuel system option.
If you can’t decide which package air conditioner is right for you, or if a split system is the better option for your home, talk to your local Frigidaire contractor.